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    August 6, 2009
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the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, >> bbc world news is d by kcet los angeles. funding made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, the newman's own foundation, the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation, and union bank.
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>> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a wide range of companies, from small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> the u.s. and dips its toe again in somalia. it is not sending soldiers this time, it says, but military support and aid. three indians convicted of the 2003 mumbai tax get the death penalty. keeping watch on on -- on call sam -- uncle sam. coming up later for you, can jumping off rocks into the sea be safe? it sure it can, says the organizer of a new coastal
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pursuit. mourning the passing of sam the koala. hello to the u.s. secretary of state has publicly warned eritrea that the u.s. will take action against the country if it does not stop supporting militants in somalia. hillary clinton promises to expand help for somalia's week interim governments, threatened by al qaeda-linked terrorists. she met somalia's president today in kenya. >> a mark of respect for those killed during a terror attack 11
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years ago in central nairobi. the american embassy was bombed, and the victims were mostly canyons. that attack was blamed on al qaeda. the american secretary of state believes threats of terrorism remain. >> it is an opportunity to renew our resolve. we need to ensure that these attacks do not take more innocent lives in the future. >> america says that the insurgents trying to topple the somali government are linked to al qaeda. they want to impose strict islamic law across somalia, and they have the government pinned into a small corner of the capital, mogadishu. the war appears to be attracting support from extremists. several young men were arrested,
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accused of links to the terror group. under the clinton presidency, american troops tried to intervene in somalia. when helicopters were shot down and soldiers killed in the black hawk down incident, america pulled out. reluctant to send troops, the americans are backing somali forces loyal to the transition government, with the aim of preventing hard-line islamist forces from seeking power. in nairobi, hillary clinton met the president with a clear message. we are with you, and we will help you to stay in power. there were promises of training and weapons. >> if they want a haven in somalia, it would attract al qaeda and other terror groups and be a threat to the united states.
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>> this was a very public show of support for president ahmed, but some say in his plane into the hands of insurgents, who have long portrayed his government as a pop at administration. >> an indian court sentenced two men and women to death for their part in the bombings in 2003 that killed 52 and injured hundreds. they say that all three have links to a terror group based in pakistan. more details. >> the attack in mumbai in august 2003 was devastating. bombs were planted in two taxis. one detonated at the main jewelry market in the city at a height of business hours, leaving behind a trail of destruction. the other was that the main landmark, the gateway to
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india. more than 50 were killed, nearly 180 wounded. last week, a special court connected -- convicted three individuals of plotting bombings. outside court, the main prosecution lawyer had this to say. >> this decision is very important and will give us [inaudible] illegal activity, taking the lives of the innocent. >> today, the judge handed out the death penalty. all three pled not guilty, and are expected to appeal the sentence. they're trying to place under high security and a powerful anti-terrorism law that no longer exists. prosecutors argued that the bombings were carefully planned
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and an act of extreme brutality. all three deserve the hearts sentence, they say. the bombings were said to be retaliation for anti-muslim riots in 2002. all three are said to be members of a band pakistani militant group accused of carrying out last year's mumbai attacks, which led to increased tension between india and pakistan. >> just a footnote, pakistan has asked the international police agency interpol to issue a global alert for 13 suspects wanted in connection with last year's mumbai attacks. human rights watch has condemned hamas for rocket attacks on israel. they say they are committing war crimes, and have called the group to renounce the attacks. hamas says that the allegations are biased. the first congress in 20 years
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has been marred by disputes in pakistan of tribal factions that disagree over procedure for electing new leaders. palestinian president mark with a boss -- mahmoud abbas is chairing the meeting. in tonga, a capsized ferry. it is thought that many women and children are among the missing. two russian nuclear attack submarines are patrolling the eastern seaboard at a time when obama is working to improve relations with moscow. the pentagon is monitoring maneuvers, but is not alarmed by them. what is moscow up to? >> russian submarines are a rare sight, and not for years have they been detected off the coast
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of the u.s.. two nuclear powered submarines have been patrolling international waters as russia flexes its military muscle. uncomfortable memories have been raised of the cold war. then, the u.s. and russians sold military secrets using submarines stationed off the others coasts. the u.s. government is monitoring the movement of the submarines. what is the motivation? the russian military is playing it down, saying that they often spot american submarines off their coasts. they said they could make an issue over that if they chose to, and that their patrols are normal. >> the fleet should not sit at home, and it should not only fulfilled the task of combating piracy, but also other international tasks.
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>> two years ago, rusher restarted patrols, causing consternation in the west. on several occasions, as showed here, fighter jets had to be scrambled in response. there is usually more to these things than that. how were urged americans be about submarines? >> -- how worried should america be? >> it is more of a show to the world and to the russian public, the new renaissance of the russian military, and i am sure that the rank and file people are quite proud of it.
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>> russian military might is on display. russia was heavily criticized by western invasion. they have been sensitive about what they see as meddling in the backyard. >> the u.s. senate has voted to confirm judge sotomayor as the first hispanic supreme court justice. 68 approved, 31 against. she is obama's first supreme court appointment, and the third female justice to sit on the court. a hacker attack shut down twitter on thursday. in its blog, they said that hackers commanded a multitude of computers to a single site at the same time, stopping legitimate traffic. several thousands have attended the funeral of britain's last survivor from the world war one trenches.
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he died last month at age 111. interesting -- infantrymen from france and belgium escorted his coffin. in afghanistan, violence is again overshadowing preparations for the presidential election. five afghan police were killed by roadside bomb, and several members of eight wedding party died when a bomb hit the trailer they traveled in. security is at the top of the agenda. secretary-general rasmussen just took office and is already visiting afghanistan. >> these are troubled nomads -- tribal nomad to have traveled afghanistan for centuries.
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while it may be campaign season, there is no sign of it here. but in a landscape of afghan politics, this place matters. these men are desperate, but they have real political power. his father is a top tribal chief, and what he says goes. he tells me that his father will back most hon. candidate, and that decision will deliver millions of votes. in the capital, 50 miles up the road, it is a different campaign under way. they are reaching out to individual voters with a message.
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people here are less traditional than those in the villages, and will generally make up their own minds on how to vote. this process is supposed to be fair and transparent, but behind-the-scenes, deals are cut, jobs offered, and money doled out. ultimately, this election could be decided by a huge powerful man who can deliver blocks of votes. this rough and ready election will be won or lost in the countryside. afghans in the city will have their say. but democracy is young in this country, struggling to take root. >> stay with us. still to come, an electric guitar love affair. can three generations of rock
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legends to jam up profits the box office? in britain, the recession seems to be deeper than previously thought. the bank of england needs to pump an extra $84 billion into the economy, a move that surprised many experts. >> for five months, are central bank has been pumping money into the economy. 125 billion is a lot of cash, even for the bank of england, but today, they decided it was not enough. they're going up to 175 billion, with another 50 pumped in between now and the end of october. >> today's decision was significant. the expectation had been that we were getting towards the end of quantitative easing today, and additional expenditure will take us somewhere above the total previously expected.
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>> right now, the bank does not even know where that money has gone. the bank of england punt in all this money, and now it is working in through the system. they know how much money they put in, but unlike the water company, they do not know where or when the money will come out. there are signs of the economy picking up. new-car registrations rose 2.4% in july, the first rise in months, and house prices rose by 1.1%. but the economy is probably still shrinking, and unemployment is rising, even with all the support. costly to easing is a tricky business. there could be too much money in a year or so, or there might still be too little. by the time the banks know for sure, it could be too late. but with the economy still
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fragile, the bank is not turning off the tap yet. >> one headline for you this hour on world news. the u.s. is seeking to hold somalia together, having publicly warned eritrea to stop harboring islamist militants. an unexpected consequence of swine flu is affecting egypt. organic waste has been piling up since pigs were slaughtered, which were traditionally fed leftover food. the rat population is now booming. we report from cairo. >> since age 8, he has eked out his living recycling waste. 14 hours a day, 30 years, and like just got even tougher.
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85% of the rubber tree is sorted, recycle, and sold. but it is a fragile existence. each month, they talked their way through 6,000 tons of rotting food collected. fattened pigs then are sold to supplement income. the extra money, he says, was vital to welfare. >> i sold pigs twice a year to pay for amending the car for our children. i cannot replace what i have lost. as the pandemic spread, the majority parliament voted to cut 350,000 animals. in this christians long, there
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were riots as government veterinarians began their work. now they are all gone. most say they received only a fraction. government critics say there was little thought involved in one of the poorest suburbs in the city. >> what are the implications of this? >> the pygmy was the only affordable source of animal protein in the forest, an animal workers are seeing the first cases of malnutrition. but they make no apology. it was a necessary action to modernize the pig industry.
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>> you have to do something, and some people will suffer. the issue is how to minimize the suffering. >> the extra cost of moving organic waste was from the outskirts of the city. lots of it was left behind. that means more food, not just for the beleaguered minority. >> the film maker of "and inconvenient truth" has a new documentary called "it might get loud" with very different subject matter. rock aficionado's will know their names. they're all players of the electorate guitar. 47-year-old the edge in dublin,
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and the youngest, and jack white from the white stripes. all of them agree to get together for a summit meeting. >> we thought, wouldn't it be great to bring three guitarists from three eras. their styles are different. wouldn't it be neat to bring them together? what would they ask, and what songs with their plight? we just wanted to pick three guys from different genres, for their differences, not their similarities. youtube came up in opposition to led zeppelin. jack white came up in opposition to bands like u2. >> it will take a lot of footage said demonstrate beat in trust
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-- to demonstrate their and trust. >> jimmy page has never done anything like this. he has never done a documentary, nothing extensive. so part of us thought we would never get him, but we had to try. and he said, yeah, sure, i will do it." >> the film of years rock legends, but also demystifies the aircraft. >> this is what i'm actually playing. the rest is the foot pedal. >> for all three, it is a love affair with the guitar. they have developed a relationship with their instruments to create a unique sound. >> do you put the mike on the guitar? back in just to get out. >> the centerpiece of the film is the summit, where all three come together to talk and play
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for one another. it contains some details that will probably only appeal to hard-core electric guitar france. it could be hard to match the impact of his previous film, but the power of rock and roll could mean they would be pleasantly surprised by a turnout at the box office. if you're heading for your nearest coastline, keep an eye out for a growing craze. coast guard officials warn about leaping off cliffs into what could be shallow waters, but enthusiasts say that it can be safe and will be fun. we report. >> it is one of britain's fastest-growing activities, and a popular way to enjoy our wonderful coastline.
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but is it getting too popular, growing too fast for its own good? to find out, took to the water of the wild and rocky pemberton coast. diving into ocean swells and climbing rocks, i passed an organized group. it is not without danger, but safety on these trips is always paramount. >> this is a natural playground. there are rocks and everything else, and it is not always safe. there is a chance you will slip and fall and get hurt. is not completely safe, but that is what makes it such good fun. >> but there is a much more dangerous, unregulated flip side. it is called tombstoneing. it is a group of individuals
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that has arrived at the coast, no emergency plans in place, and oftentimes they have been to the pub for a quick drink before doing it. >> nick was just 17 years old when he jumped in a jackie on a bet. he smashed his head on rocks and is now paralyzed. >> i tried to swim to the surface, as i had before, and i blacked out. >> across the country, people have been injured or killed. it is a fantastic day's fund, making the most of our wonderful coastline.
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>> addressing the risks of the natural world, sam the koala died. this was filmed during deadly water files -- wild fires in february -- but it was found that it was actually filmed a week before doing a routine operation. she died in an operation to save her from a life-threatening disease. >> the symbol of hope was the great picture of that wonderful koala being fed water by one of the firefighters. i think that gave people the world a great sense that this country could come through those buyers, as we have. and sam the call was part of the symbolism of the. it is tragic that she is no longer with us.
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>> that is the australian prime minister on the death of sam the koala. finally, as british politicians disappear from westminster for summer break, one land markets moving to the countryside, too. this familiar face is a recreation of big ben's tower, created out of bales of hay. >> funding made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, the newman's own foundation, the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation, and union bank. >> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a wide range of companies, from
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